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  1. I know drive letter X: is for preboot environment but while partitioning in diskpart i want to assign letter X to my one of my drives. It is showing error as it is for preboot by default can you please let me know how can i do this?
  2. Hi, I was attempting to write an .img file (akin to .iso image) to my SD card using Win32diskimager (found here: http://sourceforge.net/projects/win32diskimager/files/?source=navbar) By mistake I wrote the image to my external HDD (Seagate BackupPlus 3TB). BTW, as you can read from SourceForge page, many others have made same mistake. The HDD was not modified and had the factory setting; that is, it had one partition and was NTFS file. The content of IMG file were no more than 73MB, but it created a FAT32 partition of 500MB. My Linux and Win8 machines both see (but don't mount) the 500MB partition and show the rest as "unallocated" or "raw". Windows wants to reformat this space. I have access to another drive that is just like this (I bought two orginally) - that is, I have another spare 3TB Seagate BackupPlus that is empty. Using CloneZilla I have copied (bit-for-bit, or sector by sector) a clone of the 'damaged' drive to the 'spare' drive. I will be using this clone for all recovery purposes and will leave the 'damaged' disk in a safe place. TestDisk doesn't find any partitions (both quick and deep scan). My understanding is that NTFS writes a copy of partition at the end of the sector (or was it copy of MBR to the end?). Considering that TestDisk is not finding this partition (or for that matter vloume/FS); how can I recreate a partition? Also, I think the files might be 'carved' or 'recovered', but this would imply I lose both the original file names as well as the directory structure. If the partition recovery is a lost cause, is there a way to recover the files and directories with their original intact names? Thanks in advance....I do know that I have done something really stupid and blame is all on me.
  3. Virtualize Win8.1: BIOS + MBR Physical Partition > to > WIM Image > to > UEFI GPT VHD Virtualizing Win8.1 from BIOS + MBR Physical Partition > to > .WIM Image > to > UEFI GPT .VHD Sometime last year I found out about Native boot VHDs and tried to go that way for good. There were some issues with hardware and OS (Win7 at the time) not working out and lot of new things that I was learning about VHDs. Anyways, that confusion, learning and failure led to a better path So this 2015, I figured out how to get VHDs (with Fresh Win 8.1 Installs via Install.WIM DISM Apply Image) to Native Boot on Surface Pro 3 (Sp3). I am going to attempt doing the following steps using DISM/ ImageX: MBR [Customized Win 8.1] (Physical) > Create Image > [Customized Win 8.1 .WIM] (Virtual - File based so - No sectors or MBR/GPT?? ). [Customized Win 8.1 .WIM] (Virtual) > Apply Image > [Empty New GPT .VHD] (on SP3) My thought is that by going to .WIM I bypass the whole converstion drama between MBR/BIOS & GPT/UEFI as the .WIM is agnostic of both of them? Is this a valid thought or not? Thoughts? NOTE: I can.. try out the above with creating a small FRESH MBR Windows 8.1 partition on X61T/ T61 and then doing the above 2 steps. Convert it to a .WIM and then applying to a GPT .VHD I am guessing a SYSPREP is recommended somewhere in between. Someone somewhere also mentioned doing Sysprep in a VM/ Hyper V instead? Or is it not needed? Thoughts? Where and how would you recommend applying the SYSPREP?
  4. I have a 2001 Dell PC with Windows XP and Windows 98 SE. When I installed Windows 98 and re-installed XP about a year ago, I created a 6 GB (C:) partition for Win98 and the rest of the disk (D:) for WinXP. I edited boot.ini to give a nice menu upon boot, and all was well. Eventually, 6 GB became to small for me, and I needed to expand the partition. I booted up a live Linux USB pendrive a few days ago and used Gparted to expand the Win98 partition to 60 GB and shrink the WinXP partition. Apparently, Gparted touched something in the MBR that it shouldn't have, and I got the "Invalid system disk. Replace the disk and press any key" message when trying to boot Win98. XP had no problems booting after the partition resize. I booted up a Win98 startup floppy disk and ran sys c: which then allowed Win98 to boot up correctly, but I no longer get the boot menu to select XP. I can make XP boot again by booting up the recovery console from the CD and running fixboot, but then this makes Win98 give the "Invalid system disk" message when trying to boot it. My problem is that I can get either XP or Win98 to boot, but not both. How do I restore the proper boot sectors to allow me to dual-boot the OSes?
  5. We have a broad range of different PC setups, which means, that sometimes the primary disk contains several partitions for i.e. data and/or a dualboot OS. Thus we need to keep those extra partitions intact. I am trying to figure out how I can determine a specific partition to install Windows on before initiating the Lite Touch Installation. As these extra partitions differ, I have a hard time figuring out how to automate this. I believe I have to find a solution where I at least know the partition number or name before initiating installation. The best option would be a disk management solution like we know it from a standard Windows installation, but this involves creating and customizing an extra wizard pane, and that I have absolutely no experience with. As these PC's with the extra primary disk partition(s) are somewhat rare in our environment, a bit of manual work before installation would be OK. For example booting to a partition manager first, setting up the partition and perhaps give it a name that could be used within the Task Sequence. But I am a bit lost on how to proceed. Any help would be so much appreciated!
  6. Hi, i have restored an ST3500320AS from BSY status (or at least I think), now is recognized by bios but not Windows. Explorer still search for the partition, then nothing. I can see the content of the HDD only with Linux Xubuntu through the software TestDisk, but not always on the first attempt. It also happen that when i try to make a backup (with TestDisk) to another drive, sometimes give me a read error (can't read the partition) and i must retry the copy. What can i do for fix this problem? I haven't updated the firmware. I could fix it on this way? I am available to do any test! Thanks and sorry for the poor english
  7. Hello everyone, I have Toshiba laptop with preinstalled Windows 7 on it, and was recently trying to install XP S3 on it instead. I don't know how many hour I have spent on this installation since I always seem to run into new error/problem just after I get rid of previous one. I've managed to add all needed drivers to istallation using nLite and finally everything was running smoothely untill i was asked to format partition so XP can be installed on it, but my problem is that it don't matter if i choose NTFS or NTFS (fast) formatting, it gets stuck right after start with following information: I've tried using advanced option in nLite, Minimal memory requiment, but it didn't change anything. Also adding: into [Data] section in WINNT.sif file doesn' work either. Does anyone know possible solution for this situation? Thanks for your time.
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